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Pines flood readiness seminar held virtually


By Greg Ellison (May 21, 2020) A trio of experts with the Maryland Department of the Environment took a deep dive into risk reduction measures during an OPA Flood Readiness seminar held last Tuesday via Facebook Live. Opening the event was Dave Guignet, the Maryland coordinator for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, who said FEMA… Read more »

OPA directors vote to retain loan from SBA

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By Greg Ellison PPP rules changed after board had applied for aid (May 21, 2020) After sparking criticism in April for receiving $1.143 million through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, the OPA Board of Directors spent an hour in open session last Tuesday debating the merits of retaining the low or no-interest loan before voting… Read more »

Pines Yacht Club comes back with tip for its workers

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By Greg Ellison Prepares for multi-phase reopening of restaurant (May 14, 2020) Nearly two months after being laid off with two days notice due to the covid-19 pandemic, Ocean Pines Yacht Club staff members were welcomed back to work last week with warm sentiments and cold cash. Anticipating Gov. Larry Hogan’s multi-phase re-opening plan to… Read more »

Ocean Pines Golf Course comes back to life


By Greg Ellison (May 14, 2020) The Ocean Pines Golf Course sprang back to life this weekend following Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision last Wednesday to include 18-holes on the links among expanded outdoor activities permitted under the current stay-at-home order. Starting May 7 in Maryland, a slight return to normalcy went into effect that broadened… Read more »

Berlin tax rate will stay same as last year’s

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Council votes for no change as decision goes to hearing (May 14, 2020) The Berlin Town Council on Monday voted to stick with last year’s real property tax of 80 cents per $100 of assessed value as pursues its budget for the Fiscal Year 2020/21. Despite being limited to less… Read more »

Berlin may expand market to Main St.

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 14, 2020) Members of the Berlin Town Council on Monday voted to consider expanding the town’s Sunday farmers’ market to a portion of Main Street. The motion was made by Councilmember Zackery Tyndall, after he observed that the previous Sunday market had become “somewhat congested.” “We have more vendors… Read more »

OP Flags For Heroes shifts focus

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By Greg Ellison Ceremony won’t happen, but organizers say star-spangled banners will still wave (May 7, 2020) Although the dedication ceremony slated for Armed Forces Day on May 16 was shelved due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines’ Flags for Heroes display remains on track. Worcester County Veterans Memorial… Read more »

OP amenities await state reopen directives

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By Greg Ellison (May 7, 2020) Although a brief glimpse of customary activities was on exhibit Friday in Ocean Pines when boat owners were cleared to re-inhabit slips at the Yacht Club and Swim and Racquet Club marinas, timelines to reopen amenities and facilities remain in limbo pending state directives. Recreation and Parks Manager Debbie… Read more »

Farmers mkt. debut beats expectations

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 7, 2020) The first Berlin Farmers Market of the season was so successful that most vendors sold out within the first two hours, and more vendors and suppliers are expected at this week’s market. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells was pleased with the turnout for the first… Read more »

Berlin electric department installing software, engine

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 7, 2020) The Berlin Electric Department will be installing new software that will allow it to monitor the town’s generators remotely, as well as install a replacement engine by the beginning of July. Electric Director Tim Lawrence first mentioned the system during the utilities budget work session held Monday,… Read more »